26 October 2007
"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair."
Most everybody knows that line from the famous fairy tale.
But they might not know the full "Rapunzel" story, or the message behind the piece.
The Seem-To-Be Players bring the fairy tale to stage this weekend at the Lawrence Arts Center for shows at 7 p.m. today and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
In this week's Pulse Podcast, director Ric Averill and members of the cast talk about the Grimm Brothers tale, what it teaches and what it takes to recreate a tower onstage.
After that, find out what else is going on in Lawrence in our weekly Best Bets segment.
19 October 2007
The outside world might notice that members of the Ahn Trio have posed for GAP ads, been in Vogue and GQ magazines and were named to People magazine's 50 most beautiful people list.
But the sisters/trio-mates swear they don't have an image campaign plan.
The sisters, who were born in South Korea and were trained at Julliard, do spend plenty of time thinking about music, though.
They're as likely to play a song by The Doors as they are a classical work. They have been active in commissioning new works, with more than 30 to date. And they're busy with collaborations, including one with a DJ and another with a Czech rock band.
The Ahn Trio will continue to break down musical barriers during a 7:30 p.m. show tonight at the Lied Center.
The trio is featured in this week's Pulse Podcast. Violinist Angella Ahn describes how she and her sisters select music, how they approach commissioned works and how being named to the People magazine list affected their lives.
12 October 2007
Richard Renner works with a bunch of clowns. And fire-eaters. And tightrope walkers. And mimes.
As owner of Vodvill Entertainment, Renner serves as an agent for dozens of variety performers.
He's also a clown himself - the Vodvill Klown, to be exact. He'll perform Sunday in Lawrence as part of the River City Reading Festival.
In this week's Pulse Podcast, Renner talks about life as a clown, the status of slapstick entertainment and why it is that so many people are afraid of clowns.
After that, hear about some of the other events going on in Lawrence this weekend in our weekly Best Bets feature. You can also hear a song from the Kansas City Chorale, which is performing tonight at the Bales Organ Recital Hall at Kansas University.
5 October 2007
The Bales Organ Recital Hall may have been built to house an organ, but a new Kansas University choir is finding it's perfect for the human voice, too.
The Bales Chorale, a new choral ensemble in the department of music and dance, makes its performing debut at 7:30 tonight at the recital hall, which is attached to the Lied Center.
In this week's Pulse Podcast, a KU faculty member and students talk about what makes the hall such a special place for choir music.
After that, as always, hear about more events going on in Lawrence this weekend in our weekly Best Bets feature.